|Publication number||US4235474 A|
|Application number||US 05/929,824|
|Publication date||Nov 25, 1980|
|Filing date||Jul 31, 1978|
|Priority date||Jul 31, 1978|
|Publication number||05929824, 929824, US 4235474 A, US 4235474A, US-A-4235474, US4235474 A, US4235474A|
|Inventors||Linda H. Rosenberg|
|Original Assignee||Rosenberg Linda H|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (11), Referenced by (43), Classifications (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates generally to devices for holding a baby in a chair, and particularly to a harness for retaining a baby in a conventional armless, straight back chair, and the like.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Numerous devices have been proposed for retaining a baby, or young child, in a high chair. Examples of such devices can be found in U.S. Pat. Nos: 2,451,007, issued Oct. 12, 1948, to G. K. White; 2,652,183, issued Sept. 15, 1953, to B. Hlivka; and 3,125,373, issued Mar. 17, 1964, to M. E. Boatman. Further, U.S. Pat. No. 3,181,530, issued May 4, 1965, to E. J. Storey, discloses a restraint for inhibiting motion of a person, not necessarily an infant or child, in a bed, chair and the like, while U.S. Pat. No. 3,245,382, issued Apr. 12, 1966, to M. E. Easley, et al., discloses an infant restraining device readily attachable to a high chair or other chair or article of furniture to position an infant adjacent the front edge of the chair in such a manner as to prevent the infant from standing or otherwise falling from the chair or other article of furniture.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a harness for retaining a baby on the seat of a chair in a simple and comfortable, yet reliable and safe manner.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a baby restraining harness which securely holds a baby on the seat of any straight back chair without restraining movement of the child's arms and legs.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a harness for retaining a baby on a chair which will provide back support for an infant.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a harness for retaining a baby on a chair which is easy to secure on or remove from a chair, and can be easily washed and folded to convenient size for storage.
These and other objects are achieved according to the present invention by providing a harness having: a body member constructed from a flexible material and including a chair engaging section for attaching the body member to a chair, and a baby holding section connected to the chair engaging section for retainingly holding a baby on the chair. Preferably, the chair engaging section comprises a pocket formed in the body member and arrangeable over a back of the associated chair, while the baby holding section comprises a crotch portion connected to the pocket. The crotch portion advantageously terminates in a strap arranged for passing around the midsection of the baby and being tied behind the back of the associated chair in a simple manner for securely retaining the baby on a seat of the associated chair.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.
FIG. 1 is a schematic, fragmentary, front perspective view showing a baby retained on the seat of a straight back chair by a harness according to the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a schematic, fragmentary, elevational view looking from the rear of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a plan view showing a harness according to the present invention.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary, sectional view taken generally along the line 4--4 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is an enlarged, fragmentary, sectional view taken generally along the line 5--5 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 6 is a schematic, fragmentary, side elevational view showing a harness according to the present invention disposed on a straight back chair.
Referring now more particularly to the figures of the drawing, a conventional straight back chair 10 is illustrated, which chair 10 includes a generally planar seat 12 supported by four legs 14 and having extending upwardly from the rear of seat 12 a generally straight back 16. A baby B is illustrated as restrained on the seat 12 of chair 10 by a harness 18 according to the present invention, which harness 18 comprises a body member constructed from a suitable flexible material and including a chair engaging section 20 for attaching the body member to back 16 of chair 10, and a baby holding section 22 connected to section 20 and engaging baby B for retainingly holding same on seat 12 in a position against the back 16 of chair 10.
Chair engaging section 20 of harness 18 comprises a pocket 24 formed in the body member and arrangeable over back 16 of chair 10. More specifically, pocket 24 includes a front piece 26 to which is attached a back piece 28 as by the illustrated stitching 30 around only three sides of back piece 28 so as to form an opening 32 along the lower edge of piece 28 and permit access into the interior of pocket 24.
Front piece 26 extends into a crotch portion 34, with a tapered transition zone 36 extending from front piece 26 to a shank 38 of portion 34. Shank 38 extends longitudinally from transition zone 36 to a tie strap 40 disposed extending substantially perpendicularly to the longitudinal extent of shank 38 and retained at the end thereof spaced fartherest from pocket 24 by a suitable flap 42 folded around the midportion of tie strap 40 and fastened thereto as by the illustrated conventional stitching 44.
Tie strap 40 includes a pair of arms 46 and 46' disposed extending in opposite directions from the area of flap 42, and transversely to the longitudinal extent of shank 38 of crotch portion 34, so as to wrap around the midsection of baby B and be tieable in a simple manner behind the back 16 of chair 10. As can best be seen from FIG. 3, the free ends of the arms 46, 46' are tapered toward a point in order to facilitate tieing of strap 40. Once so tied behind back 16 of chair 10, baby B will be securely retained on seat 12 against back 16 of chair 10 in a reliable and safe, yet comfortable manner.
As can be readily understood from the above description and from the drawing, a harness according to the present invention permits a child to be retained on a straight back chair, and the like, in a simple, yet comfortable manner, and because of the position of the baby up against the back of the chair, the harness can be used from the time the baby can hold up its head. The harness can be used with any straight back chair, and the like, with or without a booster seat, and prevents the child from standing or falling from the chair. The baby cannot fall through the harness, which is made even simpler to use because it will fit in only one direction. The ties have no rough edges or buckles that could break or harm the child, with the harness being comfortable and not looking or working like a straight jacket. Further, the harness does not restrain movement of the infant's arms or legs. The harness can be constructed from a suitable fabric, appropriately treated for strain resistance, or a synthetic resin so as to be washer and dryer safe, resist fading and shrinking, and to never need ironing, and is capable of being folded to a convenient size for storage and for being transported together with the baby on trips, visits, and the like.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||297/465, 297/485, 297/468, 297/254|